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Old 06-24-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hmmm...normal?

For several weeks now, DD (9 months) has lost interest in nursing/eating. At most, she will nurse for five minutes and I estimate she is getting about 3 ounces per feeding. The conditions must be perfect or she will refuse; as in, she must nurse side lying on my bed in complete silence, in the dark every time. She nurses on demand, but it ends up being about every 3-1/2 hours. I've tried giving her bottles of BM instead, but she only takes 2-3 ounces usually before she refuses.

She eats finger foods while we eat meals together, but not much. I tried scaling it back to see if we could increase her milk intake but it didn't help.

My boys both ate at least 6 ounces of BM every 2-3 hours, so this is new to me and 3 ounces just doesn't seem like enough. Is it something I need to worry about? She is not losing weight and has normal wet/dirty diapers, but I'm still worried.

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Old 06-24-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Re: Hmmm...normal?

If she's still growing and hitting milestones I wouldn't worry too much. She might be getting more than you think, too.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #3
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Is she still nursing a lot at night? Sometimes there is just so much for them to take in during the day that they just don't focus on nursing
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Yes, she does still nurse about 3 times per night. The feedings then are usually a bit better too since she is so drowsy. Maybe that's part of it?
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Old 06-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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Re: Hmmm...normal?

My 3-month-old recently had a few days where she suddenly was eating poorly. I contributed this to a Wonder Week. I know that there is one around 9 months and they last longer the older the baby. Maybe she'll be back to her normal appetite soon. If you are still concerned, you can always call a doctor, lactation consultant, etc to put your mind at ease.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:05 AM   #6
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My son went through that at around 9 mos too. I think it is just a milestone time where there are better things than eating. As long as out put is good and baby is growing and happy, it is normal.
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We just hit 9 months. Baby girl is very distracted at nursing. Espeically when her older brothers are messing around in the room too. She eats a decent amount of finger foods. I have also noticed her daycare bottle amount has decreased.

She is growing, meeting milestones, and about ready to start crawling so I am not worried at all. I just offer more often. I have noticed she is also a more efficient nurser. She nurses, sucks it down, and is done. The only comfort nursing she does is at night before bed and during the night.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #8
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I have 3 girls, they have never been big eaters. I think boys just tend to be bigger eaters. As long as she's still growing I wouldn't worry!
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She could also just be a very efficient nursling. My daughter would nurse only for a few minutes at a time. I was worried at first she wasn't getting enough to eat. Then realized I was being silly as she was in the 75th percentile, happy, healthy, growing, and as she reached toddler stage(for her it was 9 months) very active.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:30 PM   #10
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Definitely sounds normal, and as PP mentioned she's probably just become more efficient. This goes well with their newfound independence and distracted nursing. Get as much as possible before something cool to look at/chase comes along! As long as her demeanor is good and diapers are wet, I'd just let her be. When she's hungry enough to nurse longer, eat solids she will let you know
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